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California fire threatens homes as blazes burn across West

Thousands of Northern California homes were threatened Sunday by the nation’s largest wildfire and officials warned the danger of new blazes erupting across the West was high because of unstable weather. Thunderstorms that moved in starting Friday didn’t produce much rain but whipped up winds and generated lightning strikes across the northern Sierra where crews

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‘Nothing’s safe’ as wildfire tears through California town

Shelton Douthit and his team at the Feather River Land Trust in Northern California have been working to restore the lush natural habitat and protect Indigenous artifacts around Lake Almanor. Now, after a ferocious wildfire tore through the area, he knows “nothing’s safe.” Driven by fierce winds and bone-dry vegetation, the Dixie Fire destroyed most

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Arizona Wildfires Update – June 29, 2021

Map: Rafael Fire actions Rafael Fire Acres: 78,708 Percent Containment: 59% Date/Time Detected: Friday, 06/18/2021 at 1927 MST Structures Damaged/Destroyed:  0 Number of Personnel: 596 Cause: Lightning Origin/Location: 4 miles north of Perkinsville Smoke is expected to settle into the Chino and Verde Valleys as well as the Williams area.  Smoke forecasts are available at Wildfire Smoke Forecast | ADEQ Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (azdeq.gov) and https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/NorthCentralArizona.  Today on the north side of the fire, firefighters continued to be heavily engaged in securing the

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Heat, smoke, pandemic: Dangers multiply for farmworkers in 2020

The timing has been terrible for California farmworkers in 2020: wilting heat waves, wildfires spewing acrid smoke across the state and the persistent threat of COVID-19. This triple threat looms large over the lucrative fall harvest of grapes and almonds, which for some seasonal laborers is the busiest time of year, until November. Kent E.

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Lightning storm, easterly wind: How the wildfires got so bad

It began as a stunning light show on a mid-August weekend — lightning bolts crackling in the skies over Northern and Central California, touching down in grasslands and vineyards. The National Weather Service warned that the dry lightning striking a parched landscape “could lead to new wildfire.” It turned out to be a huge understatement.

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Arizona expected to clear over the next few days, but smoke could return

The smoke over Arizona is expected to clear this week, but meteorologists say it could return as wildfires fueled in part by climate change continue to scorch large swaths of Northern California, Oregon and Washington. Scientists predict new wind patterns will move the smoke east and encourage clearer skies and higher temperatures in Arizona, while

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